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January 2010

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It's a brand new year, full of fun and challenges ahead.. and what better way to start the year with a new issue of RECORDING? This issue delves into a topic we hear so many requests for, that it was too big to cover in one annual issue: guitar recording tricks and secrets of killer tone.

In this issue we have a fantastic interview with the guitarist's guitarist himself: Steve Vai. An expert in the studio as well as on the fretboard, Steve shares valuable insights on recording and playing the best possible guitar tracks. We also hear from Zakk Wylde, Neal Schon, and other famous guitarists on the components of their recording chains.

Fernando Curiel returns with the second part of his "Hybrid Guitar Recording Method" article, where he combines the hardware discussed in Part 1 (November 2009) with software and plug-ins for the ultimate in recording flexibility and dynamite sound. And our guitar-centric reviews include the Apogee GiO guitar interface, powerful effects systems from Zoom and Line 6, and useful guitar tools from Empress, Keith McMillen, and Peavey.

Outside the realm of guitars, we have a hard look at the latest version of Apple Logic Pro, a new FireWire/USB2 mixer-interface from Phonic, a great controller from M-Audio, and much more. Our AES report showcases a wide variety of exciting new gear from last October's show in New York, and we wrap up with a controversial editorial about a controversial topic: hype.

There's lots to be had, and we look forward to bringing you another great year's worth of reviews, tutorials, in-depth features, interviews, and everything else that makes the recording musician's life easier and his or her music better... starting with the January RECORDING.

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Apogee Electronics GiO   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A guitar interface for your Mac... it really doesn’t get any simpler than this. Also: a quick look at Apple GarageBand ’09.

Apogee’s high-quality standalone A/D and D/A converters have long been an industry standard, well es......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: Apple Logic Pro 9   |   Reviewed by Bob Emmet

New features and new content highlight the latest version of this well-liked DAW.

With seemingly little fanfare, Apple has released the latest update to the Logic software family: the new version of Logic Studio, which combi......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: Phonic Helix Board 24 Universal   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A full-on analog console and computer interface that speaks FireWire and USB 2.0.

In my review of the Phonic Helix Board 24 FireWire MkII (December 2007), I noted that many old-school studios with lots of mics and inputs wer......Expand

Zoom G9.2tt   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A guitar multieffects processor with tons of realtime control and two real tubes.

Zoom’s large lineup of guitar effects ranges has an impressive flagship. It’s the G9.2tt, a full-on guitar processing system that seems to inc......Expand

Once Over—Reviews in Brief   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay, Paul Vnuk Jr., and Fernando Curiel

Furman Classic Series Power Conditioners; Empress Tremolo Plug-in; Keith McMillen Batt-O-Meter; Peavey MSDI; ThinkGeek Electronic Guitar Shirt; Dark Side Of The Tune Queen’s English.

Read these reviews in the January 2010 is......Expand

Line 6 POD X3 Live   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay and Fernando Curiel

Heavy-duty digital modeling and extensive interfacing in this guitar effects pedalboard.

The POD has been a part of many studios for over a decade. Since its first model, Line 6’s all-in-one effects processor has taken on ma......Expand

M-Audio Axiom Pro 49   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

An intelligent USB keyboard controller that helps you make tough setup decisions.

Over the years, M-Audio has developed a wide range of keyboard products, from full-sized piano controllers with high-quality built-in sounds t......Expand


Steve Vai   |   Interviewed by Fernando Curiel

The world-famous guitarist is also a recording geek, and shares his thoughts in this in-depth interview.

You know him for his unparalleled expressiveness on the guitar. His unique persona shines through every note, passionat......Expand


2009 AES Convention Report   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Lots of new products from the show floor in New York.

The Audio Engineering Society met for its 127th Convention in October 2009 at the Javits Center in New York City. It’s no secret that the economy has had an impact on the......Expand

The Hybrid Guitar Recording Method – Part 2   |   Written by Fernando Curiel

In our November 2009 issue we introduced the principles behind this method of combining real guitar amps with cabinet emulation plug-ins, and talked about amp and load hardware. Now it’s the software’s turn to shine.

In Part......Expand

RECORDING's Guitar Column   |   Written by Brian Tarquin

The preamp you choose has a tremendous effect on your recorded guitar tone—just ask Zakk Wylde, Neal Schon, and James Ryan. We did.

In the past decade there has been a huge surge of microphone preamps, everything from tube-d......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

Hype: An Engineer's Perspective.

I just came back from the fall AES show in New York, where a number of people asked me about a new heavily-promoted product being shown there. This was a product from a startup company so dri......Expand

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